TSL: Tigers Overwhelm Deacons

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<font class=caption>Bernard Rambert ran for 69 yards and  1 touchdown.</font>
Bernard Rambert ran for 69 yards and 1 touchdown.

Each week TigerNet will be providing a computer simulation of the upcoming 2001 ACC football season. While the focus will be on Clemson we will be able to predict the winner of the ACC title as well. Enjoy!

CLEMSON -- New Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe thought he had a good idea. Stack the line of scrimmage and shut down Clemson senior Travis Zachery. It worked too. Zachery had his lowest rushing total of the year. Of course, that didn’t translate into a victory for Wake Forest. Senior quarterback Woody Danzler took advantage of the aggressive run defense and sophomore Aaron Hunt had another impressive game as the Tigers cruised to a 40-14 victory over the Demon Deacons.

Clemson (7-1, 5-1) quickly marched down the field on their first possession against Wake Forest (1-7, 0-5), with Dantzler finding sophomore Kevin Youngblood for his seventh touchdown of the year. The duo hooked up again in the second quarter, as Dantzler froze the defense with a play action fake to Zachery, and found Youngblood wide open for a 61 yard touchdown. Hunt kicked three field goals to complete the scoring in the first half, giving the Tigers a 23-0 lead at halftime. The Clemson defense was stifling, allowing Wake Forest just 97 total offensive yards in the first half.

Wake Forest opened the third quarter with a drive to the Clemson 20 yard line, but a 37 yard field goal attempt by Demon Deacon senior Tyler Ashe was partially blocked by Tiger sophomore Dejuan Polk. Clemson went for the jugular on the next play, again freezing the Wake Forest defense with a play action fake as Dantzler hit freshman sensation Roscoe Crosby in stride for a 71 yard touchdown reception.

 Eason and McNeal with the tackle.

The Tiger’s rededicated themselves to running the ball as they entered the fourth quarter. In a scene reminiscent of 80’s Clemson football, Zachery, junior Bernard Rambert and sophomore Keith Kelly pounded the middle of the Wake Forest defense repeatedly, gaining tough yards. Hunt added a 22 yard field goal, his seventh in the past two games, and on the next Tiger possession, Rambert ripped off runs of 23 and 26 yards, the latter resulting in the final Clemson score of the day.

The Tigers face Florida State next Saturday in an ACC showdown. It is Clemson’s last home game of the year.

ACC Standings

Florida State 6-0

Clemson 5-1

Georgia Tech 4-1

North Carolina 3-2

Maryland 3-3

North Carolina State 2-3

Virginia 2-4

Duke 1-5

Wake Forest 0-5


Clemson		7	16	7	10	- 40
Wake Forest	0	0	0	14	- 14	

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Clemson - Kevin Youngblood 17 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt Kick)

5 plays, 61 yards, 2:34 TOP

2nd Quarter

Clemson - Youngblood 61 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt Kick)

3 plays, 65 yards, :48 TOP

Clemson – Aaron Hunt 26 yard field goal

7 plays, 56 yards, 3:03 TOP

Clemson – Hunt 44 yard field goal

6 plays, 19 yards, 2:08 TOP

Clemson – Hunt 19 yard field goal

9 plays, 46 yards, 3:37 TOP

3rd Quarter

Clemson – Roscoe Crosby 71 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt Kick)

1 play, 71 yards, :16 TOP

4th Quarter

Clemson – Hunt 22 yard field goal

11 plays, 66 yards, 4:32 TOP

Wake Forest – Ira Williams 39 yard reception from Young (Ashe Kick)

3 plays, 51 yards, 1:09 TOP

Clemson – Bernard Rambert 26 yard run (Lazarra Kick)

9 plays, 67 yards, 4:04 TOP

Wake Forest – Tarence Williams 17 yard reception from Young (Ashe Kick)

6 plays, 74 yards, 1:18 TOP

Game Statistics

Clemson				        Wake Forest
40		Score				14
34:24		TOP				25:36
19		First Downs			11
331		Passing Yardage   		260
202		Rushing Yardage  	        46
533		Total Offensive Yardage 	306
6		Penalties 			7
65		Penalty Yards    		55
15		Third Downs			12
9		Third Down Conversions  	2
60%		Conversion Percentage   	26%
0		Turnovers			1

Clemson Statistics


W. Dantzler 16-23 331 3TD


T. Zachery 24-80

B. Rambert 8-69 1TD

K. Kelly 9-53


K. Youngblood 6-132 2TD

R. Crosby 3-103 1TD

T. McClinton 2-32

T. Zachery 2-20

M. Woodward 1-27

J. Robinson 1-14

C. Jasmin 1-3

Defense (Tackles)

C. Carson 9

B. McNeal 5 2SACKS

A. Bodrick 5

J. Bush 4

K. Johnson 3 1INT

R. Hemby 3

R. Feaster 3 1SACK

C. Hafley 3

B. Mance 3

E. Meekins 3

N. Eason 1

J. Leake 1

Rodney Thomas 1

C. Baham 1 1SACK

C. Jasmin 1

J. Reames 1


W. Kopp 3-126 42.0

Punt Returns

B. Mance 6-57

Kickoff Returns

J. Reames 2-38

B. Mance 1-20

Wake Forest Statistics


A. Young 19-32 260 2TD 1INT


T. Williams 16-46


F. Davis 7-102

I. Williams 4-69 1TD

J. Landfriend 3-33

T. Williams 3-23 1TD

J. Stone 1-29

R. Thomas 1-4

Defense (Tackles)

Q. Williams 9

M. McGruder 9

E. Kargooborogie 8

M. Hopkins 7

R. Perez 7

M. Clinkscale 4

N. Bolling 3

C. Rebar 2

M. Toguchi 2

R. Montgomery 2

O. Chukwumah 2

V. Azzolina 1

T. Bennett 1

B. White 1

W. Braxton 1

W. Simmons 1


M. Brennie 7-270 38.6

Kickoff Returns

J. Stone 4-85

F. Davis 4-78

Punt Returns

F. Davis 2-10

Missed FG: Ashe 37


UVA 23

NC State 42

NC State 242 rushing yards

Maryland 20

FSU 48

Atrews Bell 218 yards, 2TD


For each Clemson contest the game is simulated 10 times using Madden 2001 for the PC. We then average the scores and pick the one game
that most accurately reflects the average game.

We worked hard to make the simulations are as accurate as possible, but there are some things that
we can't control. Consider the following:

1) Quarterbacks rarely run in the simulations.

2) Based on the info we have, the rosters and depth charts used in these
simulations are OUR interpretations. While other schools have NO true
freshman playing (mainly because we are not as familier with them as
Clemson), Clemson has some, including Roscoe Crosby.

3) NFL stadiums and rules will be used.

4) Players do fatigue, but are seldom replaced. What we try to do with
teams like Wofford is use Zachery for one half, and then use Kelly and
Rambert for a quarter each. However, in a game against, say, FSU,
Zachery might end up with 30+ carries.

5) Teams will use NFL playbooks. We've tried to find NFL playbooks that
most closely mirror college playbooks.

6) Obviously weather can't be predicted. Every game will be played in
fair weather.

7) Injuries can't be predicted. They DO occur in the simulations, and
we keep track of them. If Matt Bailey breaks his arm against FSU in
the simulation we chose to use, he will not appear for the rest of the

8) Simulations are meant for entertainment only!!

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